The Broncos started off the season in impressive fashion. The team took home the championship from the Sacramento Invitational as four Mission Harriers broke the 20 minute barrier. Santa Clara set back the host school, California, and WCC foes St. Mary's and USF. The Broncos finished one place ahead of St. Mary's last season in the WCC Championship and set out to keep the advantage this year. Jenny Smokey led the team. Freshmen Robin Bell and Katie Hansen contributed as top five runners in the Broncos win.
The race had a quick pace as St. Mary's Alegra Porter took out the field. Jenny Smokey was third and trailing Erin Belger of California by six seconds at two miles. Erin ran down Alegra in the last mile and Jenny held her position in the race. Annie Gastelum battled Annette Corey and Sara Swan of Sacramento State for fourth position. Corey gapped Annie in the last half mile and both dropped Swan. Annie was able to hold off a furious sprint of Swan in taking fifth. Milena Basile and Robin Bell ran close throughout the race. Robin moved strongly in the last mile while holding off USF's #1 runner. She led Milena across the line with both cracking the 20 minute barrier.
Katie Hansen led the second wave of Broncos. Katie established her place in the pack ahead of St. Mary's three through five runners. Katie's finish put her as the second frosh in the Bronco top five. Laura Parrado led 5 Mission Harriers in a row as Katie Malinak, Chrissie Moreno, Holly Kearl, and Natalia Lely finished within 17 seconds of each other. Only Katie of these five has worn the Bronco singlet before. Rounding out the Broncos were Kasey Shemwell, Paige Coulam, Shannon Gleeson, Julianne Visbal, and Katherine Heffernan.
Erin Skourtes, a top five finisher in the team time trial earlier in the week, sat out the race with a lower back injury. The Broncos hope to add her to the team for the next meet in two weeks at the Aggie Invite. The Broncos once again will race the same schools in addition to 2000 NCAA championship qualifiers Chico State and UC Davis.
California State University - Sacramento Cross Country Invitational Sacramento, California
Women's Team Results 1. Santa Clara 3 5 7 9 18 (25) (25) = 42 2. Sacramento St. 4 6 13 14 19 (24) (30) = 56 3. California 1 11 12 16 21 (28) = 61 4. Saint Mary's 2 10 17 20 22 (23) (27) = 71 5. San Francisco 8 15 29 31 32 = 115
Women's Individual Results 1. Erin Belger, California 18:44 2. Allegra Porter, Saint Mary's 18:50 3. Jenny Smokey, Santa Clara 19:13 4. Annette Corey, Sacramento St. 19:30 5. Anne Gastelum, Santa Clara 19:32 6. Sara Swan, Sacramento St. 19:32 7. Robin Bell, Santa Clara 19:51 8. Laura Danner-Baird, San Francisco 19:52 9. Milena Basile, Santa Clara 19:55 10. Strada Morris, Saint Mary's 19:57 11. Erin Donley, California 20:00 12. Sarah Buick, California 20:26 13. Tina Lemon, Sacramento St. 20:39 14. Melicia Wong, Sacramento St. 20:45 15. Marcie Lole, San Francisco 20:51 16. Leah Atwood, California 20:53 17. Katie Hansen, Santa Clara 20:56 18. Jennifer Burkhalter, Sac. St. 21:06 19. Bethany DeMore, Saint Mary's 21:15 20. Katie White, California 21:20 21. Danielle St. Clair, Saint Mary's 21:21 22. Laura Hatula, Saint Mary's 21:22 23. Dianne Mitchelle, Sacramento St. 21:23 24. Laura Parrado, Santa Clara 21:28 25. Katie Malinak, Santa Clara 21:36 26. Chrissie Mareno, Santa Clara 21:39 27. Holly Kearly, Santa Clara 21:40 28. Natalia Lely, Santa Clara 21:45 29. Jalyni Powell, Saint Mary's 21:55 30. Chloe Jarvis, California 22:03 31. Jen Kinder, San Francisco 22:08 32. Kasey Shemwell, Santa Clara 22:17 33. Paige Coulam, Santa Clara 22:41 34. Megan Gebhardt, Saint Mary's 22:47 35. Shannon Gleeson, Santa Clara 23:04 36. Heather Clark, Sacramento St. 23:15 37. Julianne Visbal, Santa Clara 23:34 38. Jasmine McMahon, Sacramento St. 23:58 39. Christina Shamcus, Sacramento St. 24:07 40. Colleen Smead, Saint Mary's 24:16 41. Andrea Johnson, San Francisco 24:24 42. Kristin Harst, Saint Mary's 25:51 43. Roxie Albright, San Francisco 26:26 44. Katherine Heffernan, Santa Clara 26:33 45. Shawna Peterman, Sacramento St. 26:51 46. Ebony White, Sacramento St. 28:29